THE $14.53 million redevelopment works are progressing well at the Port of Sale precinct and the new Wellington Centre.
The project is on track for completion by the end of the year.
External works to the former council civic centre building, now to be known as the Wellington Centre, include construction of a new southern entrance on the port side of the building.
This entrance, via amphitheatre-style stairs, will lead up into the eastern library atrium, one of two new double storey atriums being built in the former open-air courtyards.
The Wellington Centre will be home to the Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale Library, Sale Visitor Centre, the new Dock 70 Caf , council chamber and community meeting spaces.
The courtyards have been covered with saw tooth roofs and highlight windows to create two huge, light-filled atrium spaces as central features to the new art gallery and library areas.
Curved ceilings and feature timber floors utilising Gippsland timber will complete these atriums
Framing for the atriums' curved ceilings is complete, and plaster sheeting of the ceilings has begun, giving perspective to the size of the new atriums.
Construction of the atrium timber floors will come next, followed by the amphitheatre stairs leading from the new lower car park level port entrance up to the Foster St level.
Hydraulic, mechanical, electrical and communication services are roughed in ready for final equipment fit off and internal wall framing and plastering is nearing completion for the Foster St and upper levels.
A new lift connecting all three levels will be installed in coming weeks.
Between the new Wellington Centre and The Wedge entertainment centre, the former southern end of Desailly St is taking shape as a new pedestrian promenade, with Aboriginal cultural features a highlight of the precinct project.
In the western section of the port precinct, with skate park and multi-court works complete, works have now begun on the installation of barbecue shelters.
Climbing nets will follow to complete the multi-age play area.
The skate park area is now fully connected to surrounding footpath and shared pathway networks by new access pathways from all directions, meaning easier access for people to view skate park users enjoying the new facilities.
A number of road improvement projects, funded through the federal government's Roads to Recovery program, are being undertaken concurrently with the port redevelopment and Wellington Centre construction works.
Roadworks and improved pedestrian access works on Foster St are complete.
Canal Rd kerb works and parking improvements are almost complete, with a final asphalt re-sheet and installation of pedestrian crossings to be finalised later in the year, along with shared pathway links.
The single lane Park St bridge is being replaced with a dual lane and pedestrian lane bridge, which will open up access to car parking and boating facilities on the southern side of the Sale Canal.
These works should be complete in the next month, with detours remaining in place for residents, visitors and boaters.